Molecular imaging true color spectroscopic (METRiCS) optical coherence tomography

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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a cross-sectional high-resolution optical imaging modality that operates under the principles of low coherence interferometry (LCI) to enable optical sectioning, or depth resolution, within a biological sample [1]. OCT has been particularly successful for application in ophthalmology where the optical transparency of the eye, especially for wavelengths in the near-infrared region of the spectrum, allows high-resolution visualization of retinal layers for diagnosing diseases and assisting in surgeries [2]. Although originally implemented in a time domain approach where mechanical scanning of a reference mirror in an interferometry scheme enabled measurement of depth resolved reflection profiles (A-scans), recent technological advances in OCT have led to the dominance of frequency domain (FD-) OCT due to its improved acquisition speed [3] and sensitivity [4]. As the name suggests, FD-OCT measures interferometric data as a function of frequency and a Fourier transform is used to produce the A-scan, typically with an axial resolution of a few micrometers and imaging depths of 1-2 mm. To implement tomographic images, multiple A-scans are obtained using transverse scanning or a parallel acquisition scheme.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wax, A; Robles, FE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Medical Imaging: Technology and Applications

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 87

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781466582620

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1201/b15511

Citation Source

  • Scopus